Temporary Marketing and Communications Manager, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Marketing / Communications / Media

The University of Denver (DU) is a top ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979. In addition to its generalized clinical psychology training, GSPP is developing specialty tracks in Latinx Psychology, Military Psychology, Oncology Psychology, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching, Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology, as well as a certificate in Strength and Conditioning. The School also has an exclusively-accredited APA internship consortium and several in-house psychology training clinics which serve Denver and the surrounding communities. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high-level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship.

All GSPP programs promote comprehensive academic and applied training within an environment which values cooperation and collaboration; the department is committed to educating students to provide culturally competent services to clients and the community.   Knowledge of multiculturalism and inclusive excellence guides GSPP in the mission to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all members of the GSPP community. GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork, and innovation. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and encourage applications from individuals with marginalized identities.

GSPP has embarked on an ambitious strategic plan to elevate its work and its vision of redefining mental health in Colorado and beyond. The Director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach will play a critical role in this effort to translate psychological science for diverse audiences and activate community partnerships and engagement that enhance psychology’s impact in the world. 

Position Summary

The Temporary Manager of Marketing and Communications is responsible for maintaining implementation of GSPP’s strategic communications as well as managing logistics and operations related to internal and external communications. This role requires effective use of a wide range of platforms and media to engage GSPP’s diverse range of audiences. The manager will be responsible for updating the website, using social media, email, newsletters, and other creative means to effectively share information with students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors, advisory boards and councils, and other community members. This role will work closely with the Director of Enrollment and other staff to maintain GSPP’s recruitment and marketing strategies for prospective students. In addition, this role may be required to manage a small team of student employees who will help execute tasks related to website updates, social media, mailing list management, and newsletter creation. However, responsibility lies with the Marketing and Communications Manager for the day-to-day operational activities of GSPP’s internal and external marketing and communication work. This position will report to the Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Success at GSPP during this period of change and growth requires significant adaptability and an enthusiastic commitment to teamwork. This role is intended to be relational, adaptive, and inclusive. Furthermore, all GSPP employees share responsibility for fostering a model workplace. To this end, the Manager of Marketing and Communications is expected to practice thoughtful and intentional communication and collaboration and active participation in meetings. This role is also expected to promote DU’s values of inclusive excellence and inter-departmental collaboration in the spirit of One DU.

This is a temporary, non-benefited position expected to work up to full time (37.5 hours per week). This position will likely start part-time in early May 2021, ramp up to full-time June-August, and then end in early to mid-September 2021. The general expected hours are 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend and evening hours as needed to support events or urgent communications matters. This is a temporary, non-benefited position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Essential Functions

  • Maintain implementation of strategic marketing and communications plans for GSPP and its programs for both internal and external audiences.
  • Work with External Engagement team members and directors to assist with engagement efforts including events, Board of Advisors communications and meetings, admissions communications, and alumni communications.
  • Liaise with University of Denver Departments such as Marketing & Communications, Information Technology, and Advancement to maintain GSPP’s relationship with central DU and leverage University resources to achieve DU’s and GSPP’s strategic objectives.
  • Produce excellent communications and strategic engagement for GSPP across multiple platforms, timeframes, and audiences. This includes website, social media, email, newsletter, and other platforms.
  • Utilize data analytics platforms to keep the External Engagement team and other staff informed on communications successes and opportunities for improvement.
  • Manage daily operations of GSPP’s communications work.
  • Assist with GSPP’s events to ensure they include thoughtful and appropriate communication.
  • Effectively oversee design work done by contractors or the Marketing & Communications department.
  • Ensure the maintenance of GSPP’s brand identity through all activities.
  • Seek out and report on the achievements, research, and notable events of the division, faculty, and students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Familiarity with best practices in marketing, communications, recruitment, outreach, and engagement.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, social media and other online platforms, and website maintenance platforms.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, including strong skills in editing, proofreading, and attending to detail.
  • Ability to move fluidly between big-picture thinking and nitty-gritty detailed implementation.
  • Ability to collaborate closely with diverse faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and the general public.
  • Ability to tailor communication methods to a wide range of diverse subjects and audiences.
  • Ability to adapt to and manage organizational change.  
  • Low tolerance for spelling errors and poor grammar.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or significant progress toward completion of a degree.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience in marketing, communications, engagement, public relations, or donor relations, including in non-profit or community-based organizations as well as corporations.
  • Experience producing written and digital marketing materials and communications for a wide range of audiences. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on topics related to mental health.
  • Experience in a higher education setting or other complex organization.
  • Proven experience successfully collaborating within flexible, non-hierarchical teams.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Experience promoting issues related to diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative suite and other relevant software. 

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with occasional evenings and weekends depending on events schedule or time-sensitive media or communications needs. 

Application Deadline 

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST) on FridayApril 30, 2021. 

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. Your application requires answering a few online questions and submitting the materials listed below. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Cassie Heykoop at cassie.heykoop@du.edu.

Hourly Range
The hourly range for this position is $20.00 - $35.00.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

The following documents are required for a complete application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. One work sample that best illustrates your expertise and ability to excel in this position (please note, the system will only accept PDF or Word documents)

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds. Any applicable status protected by state or local law is not taken into account in any employment decision, including age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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